Pepsi Invitational features young Ducks, and Eight Meet Records

Pepsi Invitational FP

What an amazing day at Historic Hayward Field, as the weather was perfect with temperatures in the 60s, some sunshine, and no humidity. With such conditions–it comes as no surprise that records would fall, but eight in one year and so many new marks by underclassmen Ducks!

Devon Allen proved that he was back and completely healthy from his football injury as he set a new meet record in the 110 hurdles, with room for improvement by season’s end with the hurdles that were clipped. He also won the 400 meter hurdles, and was the complete team player by running in two other relay events as well. His focus on track and the Olympics this spring is a goal that all Duck fans embrace, and it will be fun to watch his progress right up to the NCAAs in Eugene in June.

Raevyn Rogers showed the strength of her incredible kick as she came from behind to win the final leg of the 4 X 400 relay from a noted star at USC. What is her ceiling? Duck fans will watch this emerging star closely!

Can these Ducks come through as double Outdoor Track Champions again? It is a stunning feat to do it one time, but to duplicate last year’s Outdoor effort and this year’s Indoor results is just a dream at this point with the top-flight track schools placing Oregon in their cross-hairs. Coach Robert Johnson will have them ready, and we know our beloved Ducks will give it their all as they did at the Pepsi Invitational.

Our thanks to the Pac-12 for providing a superb summary video of the meet!

Top picture of Ducks in the Steeplechase pit from the Pac-12 Video

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  • Michael Oaks

    It looks like the ducks still have that moxie! Before there was football, there was track and field. In those early days the early 60’s and 70’s The ducks didn’t have much to peak the interest of fans. They found out that they were pretty darned good at bringing in top talent to represent the university in track and field. Of course we all know about Bill Bowerman, the ducks coach that earned his spurs under Bill Hayward the coach of many moons. Bill was always trying to come up with something new. We all know about the waffle iron and the Nike Blue Ribbon Sports venture that brought fame and fortune to both Bill and Phil Knight. Knight was one of Bill’s 880 track men. Bill also was the inventor of a artificial track surface (all weather) made from old tires. Grants Pass High School track and Field program under the guidance of Russ Werner used the surface in the early 1960’s both for the runways for broad jump and 1/4 mile oval surface. Jogging also brought the spotlight to Eugene as Bill Bowerman introduced jogging to America through a book that he wrote. We could go on and on, with championship after championship. The ducks found their sport and it became known internationally. Just recently we have success in football, but believe me before football the ducks flew very high with track and field, supported by the most knowledgeable fan base in the entire USA. and a world class volunteer system from the people in Eugene. Go Ducks! keep on keeping the tradition alive!